What started it all?
In 1977, the leader of National Socialist Party announced the party's intention to march through Skokie, Illinois, a predominantly Jewish community. The original plan for the party was to hold a political rally in Marquette Park. Once Chicago authorities got word of this, they tried stopping them by putting forth ordinances of insurance that financially stopped the Party's demonstration. The NSPA then threatened to march through Skokie unless Chicago park district dropped the requirements on insurance for the rally.